Go Go Gadget… PATIENCE!!
Andrew just watched Inspector Gadget for the first time… and he loved it! Do you remember Gadget? He was the incredibly gadgeted, always bumbling, detective who saved the world from the evil schemes of Dr. Claw every Saturday morning. With the help of Penny and Brain, of course.
Go go gadget chute! Go go gadget cuffs! Go go gadget copter! This robotic cop had all the tools he could possibly need for any evil scheme at his disposal. But in spite of the awesome tricked-out suit, he messed up every single mission!
This morning, I found myself whispering, “Go Go Gadget, PATIENCE!!” If I were Gadget, I think a flowerpot would have popped out of my hat or something comical like that. Because in spite of my well-equipped suit, I too bumble…errr, sin… quite a bit.
I said it wistfully… but as I thought of it, the Gadget illustration really held out farther than my initial impulsive blurt. (Which reminded me of Sarah on Labrynth, “I wish the Goblin King would come and take you away… right now.” But I digress…)
Do you remember Brain, the brilliant dog? He and Penny always had to bail Gadget out. Well, it’s like that here, too. I can wish for a go-go-gadget fix, but I really have to be engaged if I want to see change. Kind of like Brain talking to Penny on their watch walkie-talkies. (The Holy Spirit & me? I know this is a stretch, but it’s my illustration & a comic after all!)
Here are some things Brain tells me, after my Go Go Gadget wish flops:
1) Think on scriptures that apply and meditate on them. (ex: Let me be quick to listen, slow to speak & slow to become angry b/c my anger doesn’t achieve the righteous life God requires. -James 1:19 paraphrased by me)
2) Ask for help! Go to the Lord. Confess my sin, identify my weakness, and ask (beg!?) for His mercy, which is new each and every day. AND ask a friend to pray for/with me and to check in on me later (it’s called accountability!)
3) Put off/put on. I need to put into practice what I’ve just been meditating on! I can’t read, “Love overlooks a multitude of sins” -1 Peter 4:8 and then keep on rehearsing all the ways my children/husband/the driver that just cut me off (fill in the blank) are making my life difficult! (Side note: I’ve often noticed that they’re not even sinning against me, I’m just irritated b/c their preference isn’t the same as mine! In those cases, I REALLY need to overlook!)
4) Go Go Gadget, SMILE!! Raising my eyebrows helps change my whole countenance.